While most people still flock to the beach perfecting their tans and shop on Main Street, the first sign of fall has descended on the busy streets of Southampton.
The Kardashians have left town, leaving a little more seating room for everyone else.
Although the famous family spent time all over the East End this summer while filming their new reality series, “Kourtney and Khloe Take The Hamptons,” the process was much more muted than many were anticipating in the spring, with fewer paparazzi and crazy antics than feared. For most of the summer, it appeared the sisters were not even on the East End, as they made public appearances at their permanent homes in California, South Africa and Manhattan.
“It was a non-event,” Southampton Village Mayor Mark Epley said this week. “I was very happy with the way the summer turned out—you get fearful of large crowds and paparazzi that have occurred in other places, but we didn’t have any of that stuff.”
“Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” now in its ninth season, follows the personal and professional lives of the Kardashian/Jenner family and has spurred a number of spin-offs. This is the first focused on the East End. While this iteration of the show focuses on the lives of pregnant Kourtney, her boyfriend, Scott Disick, a native of Eastport, and their two children, Mason and Penelope, as well as Khloe Kardashian and her new beau, French Montana, other family members also made appearances in Southampton, mainly Kim Kardashian-West, matriarch Kris Jenner, and younger sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner.
This week, Mr. Epley confirmed that the Kardashians do not have any plans for more filming at the moment. While there were concerns expressed in the spring, with several people bashing local businesses owner Irma Herzog for renting her space at 63 Jobs Lane to the famous family for their pop-up store DASH, there have been no incidents against the sisters reported to the village, and Jobs Lane has remained quiet.
Mr. Epley explained that while it was a bit chaotic when they first arrived in June, they have since kept to themselves and avoided drawing attention.
“I met them, and they were very nice,” he said. “So it really turned out to be a non-event for us, which is good.”
For the summer, the family was staying at a large mansion located at 317-319 Noyac Road, which rents for $295,000 between Memorial Day and Labor Day. It sits on 3 acres in North Sea, is roughly 8,900 square feet, and has five bedrooms and six bathrooms. The house also comes equipped with a heated pool and a private dock. The Kardashians’ lease expired in mid-August, according to several news outlets.
For some young shoppers, the pop-up DASH store, which is slated to stay open through the rest of the summer—sans Kardashians—is just like any other boutique. As they walked out of the shop on Tuesday, Colorado natives Georgia Bailey and Fiona Quinn, both 13, said they were excited to visit the store because of the reality TV franchise built around the family, but noted that most things at the boutique, which also has locations in Manhattan, California and Miami, are a little out of their price range.
“I thought it was exciting because they’re on TV,” Georgette, who purchased a key chain, said.
“Yea,” Fiona added. “But I don’t really feel anything else about it.”
Like everyone else, Mr. Epley is intrigued to see how Southampton Village is portrayed in the show, noting that he and his daughter, Marissa, were both interviewed on camera when the store first opened.
The season is set to premier this fall on cable channel E!, though a date has not been announced by the network.
“I’ll be curious to see how I get portrayed,” the mayor said. “At first, I was the mayor who didn’t want them here, so I’ll be curious to see what they say. They are always looking for a good plot line.”